2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work.
God’s Word can be powerful. It changes lives. It encourages. It convicts. It opens eyes. It provides passion. God speaks to us through His Word.
How can we understand it?
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit helps us understand His Word – The Holy Spirit teaches us.
I attend Bible Study every Sunday morning. There are 3 of us that rotate teaching responsibilities. As I sat in class this past Sunday as a participant (Travis was teaching), I appreciated how he used other scripture as a commentary on the scripture we were studying. Scripture is best commentary on Scripture. As I was participating in class discussion though, I began to wonder if my comments were my “opinion” more than they were God’s Truth. It’s not that I thought that what I was saying was “wrong” but I need realize that lots of us have “opinions” about what God’s Word says. Our experiences, lack of Bible history and knowledge, things I do that squelch the Holy Spirit from speaking, etc… can filter my understanding and application of God’s Word.
Opinions are great. We hear lots of opinions on God’s Word. I often appreciate hearing different perspectives and views… but I must remember that opinions are just that – Opinions.
My prayer is that when I teach or comment on God’s Word that my words reflect God’s message and not my opinions. My prayer is that when I hear comments from others on God’s Word that I will be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and I search scriptures for Truth.
Coming soon –
- Opinions – Witnessing
- Opinions – the Church
- Opinions – How to Live Right.